Andrea Stewart-Cousins http://wrvo.org en Uncertainty over what legislature can accomplish with 8 days left http://wrvo.org/post/uncertainty-over-what-legislature-can-accomplish-8-days-left <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for </span><span data-term="goog_2133013305" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">June 20</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57004 at http://wrvo.org Uncertainty over what legislature can accomplish with 8 days left Democrats hopeful, Republicans dismayed over Cuomo's pledge to shake up state Senate http://wrvo.org/post/democrats-hopeful-republicans-dismayed-over-cuomos-pledge-shake-state-senate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the New York State Senate say they are taking </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo at his word to help them regain the majority, despite some indications that he might be walking back some of the promises he made at the Working Family Party’s convention Saturday night.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56742 at http://wrvo.org Democrats hopeful, Republicans dismayed over Cuomo's pledge to shake up state Senate Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills http://wrvo.org/post/senate-democrats-say-more-reasons-ever-adopt-their-reform-bills <p></p><p>Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures.</p><p>Democrats in the state Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some on going abuses.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55393 at http://wrvo.org Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills Dream Act dies in New York State Senate http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-dies-new-york-state-senate <p></p><p>The Dream Act is dead for now in New York state, after the state Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.</p><p>Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans, says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:16:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52867 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act dies in New York State Senate State Senate ruling coalition gains a new member http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-ruling-coalition-gains-new-member <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:05:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51967 at http://wrvo.org State Senate coalition leaders disagree over abortion rights http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-coalition-leaders-disagree-over-abortion-rights <p>State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act, saying it would lead to too many late-term abortions. Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the senator’s interpretation. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:25:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32588 at http://wrvo.org State Senate coalition passes first test http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-coalition-passes-first-test <p>The experimental governing coalition in the New York State Senate passed its first test, on the first full day of session, when senators approved a sweeping gun control package urged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:10:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31948 at http://wrvo.org